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Who is the next president of Iraq, Abdul Latif Rashid?

Iraqi politician Abdul Latif Rashid has been a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan since the 1960s. Since 2003, he has held significant positions in succeeding Iraqi administrations, including minister and advisor. On October 13, 2022, the Iraqi parliament elected him as the republic’s president.

genesis and upbringing

Muhammad Abd al-Latif Jamal In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Abdul Latif Rashid-Sheikh Muhammad was born on August 10th, 1944.

He has two kids and a daughter with Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmed, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s General Authority of the Political Bureau and the sister of the late Iraqi president Jalal Talabani’s wife.

He is trilingual, speaking Arabic, English, and Kurdish.

study and training in science

He attended the University of Liverpool in the UK on a scholarship provided by the Iraqi government and earned his BA in civil engineering there in 1968.

With funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation, he also earned a master’s in engineering in 1972 from the University of Manchester.

With funding from the Robert Annex Smith Foundation, he also earned his engineering PhD from the same university in 1976. He served as the organization’s president in Europe.

political background

In the 1960s, he joined the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which marked his introduction into politics.

Abdul Latif Rashid Under the direction of the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, he took part in the discussions and gatherings that led to the formation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in 1975.Abdul Latif Rashid He was later selected to serve as the party’s delegate in Britain and its representative in a number of European nations.

He joined the gatherings and conferences held by the Iraqi opposition, which worked to topple the country’s late president Saddam Hussein’s government.

He was a prominent leader in the Kurdistan Alliance in Europe and politically engaged in the conferences he attended. In 1992, he was elected to the Executive Council of the Ahmed Chalabi-led Iraqi National Congress Party and served as one of its key figures until the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s government in 2003.

Abdul Latif Rashid Between 1998 and 2003, he served in a prominent capacity on the Council of the General Office of the Iraqi Opposition in London (INDICT), alongside high-ranking representatives of the international community.

On October 13, 2022, Rashid defeated Barham Salih in the second round of voting for the role of President of the nation by receiving the majority of votes in the House of Representatives.

responsibilities and duties

Abdul Latif Rashid His first job was at the University of Sulaymaniyah, where he served from 1969 until 1971.
From 1971 until 1979, he was employed at Sir William Halcrow Consulting and Associates Engineers.
Between 1976 and 1979, he carried out fieldwork and research for the investigation, planning, and administration of the irrigation and development project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
From 1979 to 1981, he worked in Somalia on the northern pasture improvement project, conducting surveys and project evaluations.

He was the International Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director.

Between 1981 and 1982, an organization’s initiative in South Yemen was funded by the World Bank and the Kuwait Fund.
In 1983 and 1986, he worked as the project director for the International Food and Agriculture Organization project and the Jizan Valley Development Project as well as a resident engineer for the Jizan Valley Dam and the irrigation network in Saudi Arabia.
From December 2003 to December 2010, he was the Minister of Water Resources of Iraq.
He was proposed by the Iraqi government to fill the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations FAO when his tenure as Minister of Water Resources ended (FAO).

Since December 2010, he has served as the President of the Republic of Iraq’s adviser.

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